|Kevin Kelly tells technology's epic story - TED.com|
In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk from TEDxAmsterdam, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives -- from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; computers; history; life; technology; TEDxAmsterdam; 2009
|Stephen Cave: The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death - TED.com|
Philosopher Stephen Cave begins with a dark but compelling question: When did you first realize you were going to die? And even more interestingly: Why do we humans so often resist the inevitability of death? In a fascinating talk Cave explores four narratives -- common across civilizations -- that we tell ourselves "in order to help us manage the terror of death."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; death; history; humanity; philosophy; TEDxBratislava; 2013
|Rajesh Rao: A Rosetta Stone for the Indus script - TED.com|
Rajesh Rao is fascinated by "the mother of all crossword puzzles": How to decipher the 4000 year old Indus script. At TED 2011 he tells how he is enlisting modern computational techniques to read the Indus language, the key piece to understanding this ancient civilization.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; computers; history; language; science; 2011
|Ian Ritchie: The day I turned down Tim Berners-Lee - TED.com|
Imagine it's late 1990, and you've just met a nice young man named Tim Berners-Lee, who starts telling you about his proposed system called the World Wide Web. Ian Ritchie was there. And ... he didn't buy it. A short story about information, connectivity and learning from mistakes.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; history; technology; web; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time - TED.com|
In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; history; music; TED2012; 2012
|Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman - TED.com|
What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; history; physics; science; storytelling; TEDxCaltech; 2011
|Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman - TED.com|
What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage at TEDxCaltech, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxCaltech; TED; Talks; culture; history; physics; science; storytelling; 2010
|Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art - TED.com|
Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies -- serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met's collection of ceramics -- pretty, frilly, "useless" candlesticks and vases. He didn't like it. He didn't get it. Until one day … (Filmed at TEDxMet.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; history; museums; TEDxMet; 2013
|Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown? - TED.com|
Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; history; language; math; TED2012; 2012
|Ben Kacyra: Ancient wonders captured in 3D - TED.com|
Ancient monuments give us clues to astonishing past civilizations -- but they're under threat from pollution, war, neglect. Ben Kacyra, who invented a groundbreaking 3D scanning system, is using his invention to scan and preserve the world's heritage in archival detail. (Watch to the end for a little demo.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; history; invention; technology; 2011
|Aaron Huey: America's native prisoners of war - TED.com|
Aaron Huey's effort to photograph poverty in America led him to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the struggle of the native Lakota people -- appalling, and largely ignored -- compelled him to refocus. Five years of work later, his haunting photos intertwine with a shocking history lesson in this bold, courageous talk from TEDxDU.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxDU 2010; TED; Talks; culture; history; photography; poverty; 2010
|Laura Snyder: The Philosophical Breakfast Club - TED.com|
In 1812, four men at Cambridge University met for breakfast. What began as an impassioned meal grew into a new scientific revolution, in which these men -- who called themselves “natural philosophers” until they later coined “scientist” -- introduced four major principles into scientific inquiry. Historian and philosopher Laura Snyder tells their intriguing story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; history; science; storytelling; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Sarah Kaminsky: My father the forger - TED.com|
Sarah Kaminsky tells the extraordinary story of her father Adolfo and his activity during World War II -- using his ingenuity and talent for forgery to save lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxParis 2010; TED; Talks; book; culture; entertainment; global issues; heroism; history; storytelling; war; 2010
|Peter Ward: A theory of Earth's mass extinctions - TED.com|
Asteroid strikes get all the coverage, but Medea Hypothesis author Peter Ward argues that most of Earth's mass extinctions were caused by lowly bacteria. The culprit, a poison called hydrogen sulfide, may have an interesting application in medicine.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; disease; environment; global issues; history; life; science; space; TED2008; 2008
|Felix Dennis: Odes to vice and consequences - TED.com|
Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap -- yet not too repentant -- life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; book; entertainment; history; literature; poetry; writing; 2004
|Eric Sanderson pictures New York -- before the City - TED.com|
400 years after Hudson found New York harbor, Eric Sanderson shares how he made a 3D map of Mannahatta's fascinating pre-city ecology of hills, rivers, wildlife -- accurate down to the block -- when Times Square was a wetland and you couldn't get delivery.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cities; environment; history; life; nature; sustainability; technology; visualizations; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Frederic Kaplan: How I built an information time machine - TED.com|
Imagine if you could surf Facebook ... from the Middle Ages. Well, it may not be as far off as it sounds. In a fun and interesting talk, researcher and engineer Frederic Kaplan shows off the Venice Time Machine, a project to digitize 80 kilometers of books to create a historical and geographical simulation of Venice across 1000 years. (Filmed at TEDxCaFoscariU.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; book; computers; history; library; map; technology; TEDxCaFoscariU; 2013
|Marc Pachter: The art of the interview - TED.com|
Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2008; TED; Talks; art; history; performance; personal growth; 2008
|James Watson on how he discovered DNA - TED.com|
Nobel laureate James Watson opens TED2005 with the frank and funny story of how he and his research partner, Francis Crick, discovered the structure of DNA.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; DNA; culture; genetics; history; invention; science; storytelling; technology; 2005
|Brenda Brathwaite: Gaming for understanding - TED.com|
It's never easy to get across the magnitude of complex tragedies -- so when Brenda Brathwite's daughter came home from school asking about slavery, she did what she does for a living -- she designed a game. At TEDxPhoenix she describes the surprising effectiveness of this game, and others, in helping the player really understand the story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; gaming; global issues; history; social change; tedx; TEDxPhoenix; 2011
|Steven Johnson tours the Ghost Map - TED.com|
Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2006; TED; Talks; cities; culture; design; epidemiology; health; history; map; science; urban planning; 2006
|Jared Diamond on why societies collapse - TED.com|
Why do societies fail? With lessons from the Norse of Iron Age Greenland, deforested Easter Island and present-day Montana, Jared Diamond talks about the signs that collapse is near, and how -- if we see it in time -- we can prevent it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; environment; global issues; history; social change; society; technology; TED2003; 2003
|Laurie Garrett on lessons from the 1918 flu - TED.com|
In 2007, as the world worried about a possible avian flu epidemic, Laurie Garrett, author of "The Coming Plague," gave this powerful talk to a small TED University audience. Her insights from past pandemics are suddenly more relevant than ever.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; business; health; health care; history; politics; technology; 2007
|Courtney Martin: Reinventing feminism - TED.com|
Blogger Courtney Martin examines the perennially loaded word "feminism" in this personal and heartfelt talk. She talks through the three essential paradoxes of her generation's quest to define the term for themselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDWomen; TED; Talks; blog; culture; feminism; history; women; writing; 2010
|David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation - TED.com|
For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cosmos; faith; history; philosophy; physics; religion; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Edward Tenner: Unintended consequences - TED.com|
Every new invention changes the world -- in ways both intentional and unexpected. Historian Edward Tenner tells stories that illustrate the under-appreciated gap between our ability to innovate and our ability to foresee the consequences.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; culture; design; history; invention; technology; 2011
|Vishal Vaid's hypnotic song - TED.com|
Vishal Vaid and his band explore a traditional South Asian musical form in this mesmerizing improv performance. Sit back and let his music transport you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; Asia; beauty; culture; history; music; performance; 2006
|Doris Kearns Goodwin on learning from past presidents - TED.com|
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about what we can learn from American presidents, including Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. Then she shares a moving memory of her own father, and of their shared love of baseball.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; entertainment; history; politics; sports; storytelling; 2008
|Murray Gell-Mann on the ancestor of language - TED.com|
After speaking at TED2007 on elegance in physics, the amazing Murray Gell-Mann gives a quick overview of another passionate interest: finding the common ancestry of our modern languages.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; history; language; physics; 2007
|George Dyson on Project Orion - TED.com|
Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider’s perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; future; history; physics; rocket science; science; space; storytelling; technology; TED2002; 2002
|Tim Brown urges designers to think big - TED.com|
Tim Brown says the design profession is preoccupied with creating nifty, fashionable objects -- even as pressing questions like clean water access show it has a bigger role to play. He calls for a shift to local, collaborative, participatory "design thinking."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; business; design; green; history; product design; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Sonia Shah: 3 reasons we still haven’t gotten rid of malaria - TED.com|
We’ve known how to cure malaria since the 1600s, so why does the disease still kill hundreds of thousands every year? It’s more than just a problem of medicine, says journalist Sonia Shah. A look into the history of malaria reveals three big-picture challenges to its eradication.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; disease; global issues; history; insects; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|George Dyson at the birth of the computer - TED.com|
Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer -- from its 17th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; computers; engineering; history; library; military; science; software; technology; 2003
|Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space - TED.com|
In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; exploration; history; science; space; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Brewster Kahle builds a free digital library - TED.com|
Brewster Kahle is building a truly huge digital library -- every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history ... It's all free to the public -- unless someone else gets to it first.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; book; design; entertainment; film; history; library; media; music; technology; web; 2007
|Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object - TED.com|
A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism. In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; history; world cultures; TEDGlobal 2011; 2011
|Alex Tabarrok on how ideas trump crises - TED.com|
The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; china; culture; economics; future; global issues; happiness; health; history; 2009
|Jeff Bezos on the next web innovation - TED.com|
The dot-com boom and bust is often compared to the Gold Rush. But Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos says it’s more like the early days of the electric industry.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; United States; business; entrepreneur; history; innovation; invention; technology; web; 2003
|Kary Mullis celebrates the experiment - TED.com|
Biochemist Kary Mullis talks about the basis of modern science: the experiment. Sharing tales from the 17th century and from his own backyard-rocketry days, Mullis celebrates the curiosity, inspiration and rigor of good science in all its forms.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; DNA; biology; curiosity; history; microbiology; science; technology; TED2002; 2002
|Scott McCloud on comics - TED.com|
In this unmissable look at the magic of comics, Scott McCloud bends the presentation format into a cartoon-like experience, where colorful diversions whiz through childhood fascinations and imagined futures that our eyes can hear and touch.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; book; children; computers; creativity; design; entertainment; future; history; TED2005; 2005
|George Whitesides: Toward a science of simplicity - TED.com|
Simplicity: We know it when we see it -- but what is it, exactly? In this funny, philosophical talk, George Whitesides chisels out an answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; chemistry; complexity; design; history; simplicity; technology; TED2010; 2010
|Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: Capturing memories in video art - TED.com|
Using video mapping and projection, artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo captures and shares his memories and friendships. At TED Fellow Talks, he shows his charming, thoughtful work -- which appears to preserve the people in his life in jars, suitcases, blenders ...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; design; history; memory; storytelling; video; TED2012; 2012
|William Noel: Revealing the lost codex of Archimedes - TED.com|
How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; art; arts; book; history; museums; open-source; TEDxSummit; 2012
|AJ Jacobs: The world's largest family reunion … we're all invited! - TED.com|
You may not know it yet, but AJ Jacobs is probably your cousin (many, many times removed). Using genealogy websites, he’s been following the unexpected links that make us all, however distantly, related. His goal: to throw the world’s largest family reunion. See you there?
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; genetics; history; humanity; humor; TEDActive 2014; 2014
|Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves - TED.com|
Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks "What does technology want?" and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; choice; culture; evolution; future; history; philosophy; science; technology; 2005
|Karima Bennoune: The side of terrorism that doesn't make headlines - TED.com|
Karima Bennoune shares four powerful stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities — refusing to allow the faith they love to become a tool for crime, attacks and murder. These personal stories humanize one of the most overlooked human-rights struggles in the world.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; history; politics; religion; storytelling; terrorism; war; TEDxExeter; 2014
|Naomi Oreskes: Why we should believe in science - TED.com|
Many of the world's biggest problems require asking questions of scientists -- but why should we believe what they say? Historian of science Naomi Oreskes thinks deeply about our relationship to belief and draws out three problems with common attitudes toward scientific inquiry -- and gives her own reasoning for why we ought to trust science.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; climate change; history; science; TEDSalon NY2014; 2014
|Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history - TED.com|
What can mathematics say about history? According to TED Fellow Jean-Baptiste Michel, quite a lot. From changes to language to the deadliness of wars, he shows how digitized history is just starting to reveal deep underlying patterns.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; history; language; literature; math; science; TED2012; 2012
|Mary Roach: 10 things you didn't know about orgasm - TED.com|
"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; book; culture; history; humor; science; sex; writing; 2009
|Irwin Redlener on surviving a nuclear attack - TED.com|
The face of nuclear terror has changed since the Cold War, but disaster-medicine expert Irwin Redlener reminds us the threat is still real. He looks at some of history's farcical countermeasures and offers practical advice on how to survive an attack.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; global issues; history; medicine; technology; war; 2008
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